The start of the main group of singles from Vale do Lobo Open Magnesium-K Active was today marked by the victories of the Portuguese Gastão Elias and Pedro Araújo.
The tournament, held at Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy, is organized by Premier Sports with the support of the Portuguese Tennis Federation and distributes $ 25,000 in prize money.
Holding the second tournament of the season, Gastão Elias (who this week rose to 379th in the ATP ranking) added his sixth victory in just as many games by beating Estonia's Kristjan Tamm (642) 6-4 and 6-4.
Faced with an opponent supported by an extremely powerful service shot, the 30-year-old Portuguese player (who became "top-60" in the world hierarchy) was determined in the response chapter and despite the difficulties he faced, he managed to break the « loot 'from Tamm.
Seventh seeded, Gastão Elias will face Austrian Maximilian Neuchrist (653º) in the second round, to which compatriot Pedro Araújo (1325º) also advanced.
Chosen by the organization to receive one of the four “wildcards” available, Tennis School player Jaime Caldeira, 18, reacted in the best possible way to the occasion and defeated Mexican Gerardo Lopez Villasenor (558th) 6-4 and 6-1, achieving one of the best career wins.
For this Wednesday, four other Portuguese tennis players were expected to take action, but only three went into the game, since Nuno Borges, who would be the third seed, abdicated from the tournament due to an injury to his right shoulder. .
In the remaining meetings, Tiago Cação (6-2 and 6-2 for Lucas Poullain), Luís Faria (6-1 and 6-2 in favor of Evan Furness) and Tiago Torres (6-1 and 6-0 signed by Tomas Lipovsek Puches ) failed to move forward.